01/24/2017 Senate Proceedings

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SB960—00:04:48
SB1135—00:04:44
SB1126—00:00:41
SB901—00:01:08
SB1073—00:00:20
SB1084—00:00:34
SB1134—00:00:34
SB1236—00:02:05
SB783—00:00:12
SB1302—00:16:10
SB1303—00:01:30
SB865—00:07:17
SB1024—00:01:06
SB1027—00:03:53
SB1148—00:01:44
SB1299—00:04:49
SB1362—00:01:03
SB1403—00:02:22
SB1415—00:01:12
SJ241—00:00:24
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:00
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)—00:03
Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)—00:00
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)—00:02
Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)—00:00
Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg)—00:00
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:03
Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)—01:27
Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)—00:02
Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)—00:05
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:00
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:02
Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon)—01:17
Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-Midlothian)—00:00
Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon)—00:03
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:02
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:04
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:02
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:03
Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)—00:05
Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon)—00:03
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:00
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—03:00
Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)—00:03
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:03
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:03
Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)—00:00
Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)—00:05
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:02
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:00
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:02
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—11:38
Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)—00:00
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—01:36
Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)—00:00
Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)—00:00
Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)—00:00
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:00
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:00
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:00
Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)—00:00
Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:02
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)—02:38
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Minutes

Called to order at 12 m. by Lt. Governor Ralph S. Northam

Prayer offered by Dain Johnson, Dar Alnoor Islamic Center,
Manassas, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

Motion of Senator Reeves dispensed with reading of Journal (37?Y
2?N)

COMMUNICATION FROM HOUSE (HN10123): reading waived (36?Y 3?N)

The House of Delegates has passed the following House bills: HB
1450, 1472, 1532, 1591, 1596, 1629, 1719, 1760, 1767, 1780, 1781, 1795, 2311

House bills referred: see January 25 Senate Calendar

BILLS REPORTED

From Commerce and Labor: SB 990S, 1074, 1136, 1158A, 1175S,
1201, 1217, 1258, 1289A

From Finance: SB 793, 798, 875, 886, 1186S, 1205, 1248S,
1268, 1274S, 1296, 1320, 1369, 1370, 1390S, 1463

From General Laws and Technology: SB 783, 812S, 822, 916S,
937S rereferred to Finance, 1019A, 1040A, 1102A, 1115 rereferred to Finance,
1128, 1171, 1202A, 1261, 1332, 1400A, 1412 rereferred to Finance, 1437

BILLS REREFERRED

From General Laws and Technology: SB 839 rereferred to
Commerce and Labor, 1368 rereferred to Courts of Justice

SB offered by Senators (unanimous consent to introduce by
voice vote)

Bills presented, ordered printed and referred/joint resolutions
laid on Clerks Desk under Senate Rules 11(b), (26)g and HJR 555: see January
25 Senate Calendar

CALENDAR

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON THIRD READING

SB 786 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB 804 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB 843 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB 864 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB 912 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB 926 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB 936 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB 961 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB 964 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB 977 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1001 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1025 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1083 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1104 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1225 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1254 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1304 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB 855 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB 894 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1041 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1046 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1069 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1085 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1101 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1169 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1178 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1180 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1211 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1221 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1230 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1242 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1250 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1279 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1323 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB1366 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (39-Y 0-N)

SB 919 - Out of block, Passed by for day

SB 960 - Out of block, Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)

SB1135 - Out of block, Read third time and passed Senate (33-Y 6-N)

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON THIRD READING

SB1126 - Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 3-N),
Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N), Passed Senate (34-Y
6-N)

SB 901 - Read third time and passed Senate (31-Y 8-N)

SB1073 - Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)

SB1084 - Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 2-N)

SB1134 - Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)

SB1236 - Read third time and passed Senate (19-Y 19-N 1-A, Chair
voted yea), Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (34-Y 5-N), Defeated
by Senate (18-Y 21-N)

SB1302 - Read third time and passed Senate (22-Y 17-N)

SB1303 - Read third time and passed Senate (32-Y 7-N)

SB 865 - Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)

SB1024 - Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 12-N)

SB1027 - Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

SB1148 - Read third time and passed Senate (33-Y 6-N)

SB1299 - Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 13-N)

SB1362 - Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 17-N),
Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N), Passed Senate (22-Y
18-N)

SB1403 - Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N)

SB1415 - Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON SECOND READING

SB1108 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1127 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1144 - Read second time, Committee amendments agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1216 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1306 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1313 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1325 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1448 - Read second time, Committee amendments agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1469 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1006 - Out of block, Passed by for day

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON SECOND READING

SB1150 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1204 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON FIRST READING

SB1273 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1377 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1465 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON FIRST READING

SB 816 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 825 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 862 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1047 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1091 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1298 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1347 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1474 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION ON THIRD READING

SJ 241 - Read third time and agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)

HJ 725 - Rules suspended, taken up for immediate consideration,
Agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)  

On motion of Senator Newman, the Senate adjourned at 2:07 p.m. to convene
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 12 m. 

 

 

Transcript

What follows is a transcript of this day’s session that was created as closed-captioning text, written in real time during the session. We have made an effort to automatically clean up the text, but it is far from perfect.

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The Senate will come to order. The senators will please take their seats. Those persons not entitled to the privileges of the floor will kindly retire to the gallery. The senators and all in attendance will stand and be led in player by da 'in Johnson, today. R alnoor community center, Manassas. Welcome da 'in Johnson, thank you for being here.
[Unknown]
Thank you and good morning, all.
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We seek the refuge from the acursed one,.
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In the name of the magnificent, the merciful.
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All praises are for God .
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The magnificent, the merciful.
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Master of the day of reckoning.
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[Unknown]
Not the path of those who are in anger, nor those who go astray. Dear God, we gather here today, joining governing leaders of the great commonwealth of Virginia. Many guests, friends, and others. We begin by praising you, lord God, fashioner, creator, of all that is in the heavens, the earth, the universe, and all that it we thank you, God, for your contains. Blessings, for your bounties. We thank you, God, for your mercy. For your kindness. We thank you, God, for your guidance and your forgiveness. We thank you, God, for your help and support. We pray, dear God, that you extend your blessings, your bounties, your forgiveness and mercy, your guidance and help, your caring and understanding, upon this body and chamber and all its members and their loved ones and families. We pray that you honor them for their work and their service. We pray, dear God, that you place us and this body on the path of righteousness and justice, on the path of fairness and kindness, on the path of knowledge and understanding. We pray that you guide us and protect us from wrong doing and injustice. We pray, dear God, that you bestow upon this assembly patience, forbearance, prudence, and wisdom, good deliberation, and solid decision making. Dear God, we earnestly ask for and seek your forgiveness from our human frailties, our human weaknesses, our human defects. Dear God, protect those in our charge. O dear God, we especially pray that you grant this body, these leaders, with patience, understanding, wisdom, and good judgment. We pray that you ease their path and their burdens, their stress and their anxieties. Finally, dear God, we ask and pray that you have mercy on us all, help us all, love us, foster us, grant us love and kindness, caring and understanding, amongst each other and between each other. We pray all this in your name, almighty God, amen. Thank you.
Bill Howell
The clerk will please call the roll. All those present will please vote aye. The clerk will close the roll
[Unknown]
Here is a quorum, Mr. President, Senate journal for Monday, January 23, 2017.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Spotsylvania, Senator Reeves, moves that the reading of the journal be waived. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote?
Bryce Reeves
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 37, nos two.
Bryce Reeves
Ayes 37, nos two, the reading of the journal is waived, the clerk will please report communications from the House of delegates, the Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I respectfully ask we waive the reading of any communications received from the House of delegates.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator, the question is shall the reading of the communication be waived? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote?
Tommy Norment
Ayes 36, nos three.
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, nos three, the reading of the communication is waived. The clerk will please report any communications from the governor.
[Unknown]
We do not have any, senior.
[Unknown]
Thank you madam clerk. The time has come to recognize visits to the gallery and take up other matters for the morning hour. The Senator from Grayson County, Senator Carrico .
Bill Carrico
Thank you Mr. President. I rise for two introductions.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Bill Carrico
Mr. President, members of the body, in the gallery today, there are several 4h groups that my area that I would like to recognize, the 4h group from Wise County, the 4h group that drove the furthest from the other end of the state, from Lee County, 4h group that sky county and 4h group that Grayson County, the home county that I live in. And I would like the body to give them a warm welcome for being here today.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator, would members from the Wise County, Lee County, Scott county and Grayson County 4h clubs please rise? Welcome to the gallery of the Senate, and boy, you all have made a long trip from out in the great southwest and we certainly appreciate you being here and appreciate what you do through 4h and I know you are paying a lot of attention to your academics, and we look forward to watching you grow and we wish you the best luck in all of your endeavors. So I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the Wise County, Lee County, Scott county, and Grayson County 4h clubs the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Grayson, Senator Carrico .
Bill Carrico
Thank you Mr. President. My second introduction, I 'm pleased to welcome members of the precast concrete association of Virginia here today. Forty-five precast concrete manufacturing establishments can be found throughout the commonwealth. The precast concrete association has members employed over 600 workers in 10 different manufacturing locations across the state. The members produce an estimated 140 million in total industrial output, 55 million in value-added, 2.8 million to state and local revenue for our state. Today, we have in the gallery, I hope they are here, representing those is perma tile concrete products out of Bristol, nan so. M precast, Roanoke concrete company, Winchester building supplies, Smith midland corporation and concrete pipe and precast corporation, and john renara, who is with the perma tile concrete company is here with us, I know, with the group, hopefully still in the gallery. The only thing that john has not going for him is he went to school with my seat mate over here on the left, so he has a good acquaintance with him, but I would like to make sure that the body knows that they are here and would like to ask the body to give our guests a warm welcome here at the Virginia general assembly.
[Unknown]
Them thank you Senator. Timing is everything, so I think they had just joined us. Would members of the precast concrete association please rise, if you are not already -- if you haven't already risen, as we say? Thank you all for being here this afternoon, thank you for making the trip, and you know, hopefully with some of the new road projects we have going on across the commonwealth, it's helping to employ more people and certainly in your line of work as well. So we appreciate you being here today and all the work that you are doing across our commonwealth. We wish you safe travels. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the precast concrete association a warm welcome of the Senate .
Bill Carrico
[applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Prince William County, Senator McPike .
Jeremy McPike
Mr. President, I rise to the purpose of an
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor. Introduction.
Jeremy McPike
Today's invocation was conducted to by the iman da 'in Johnson, visiting the capitol with members of the muslim association of Virginia. This is an active group of citizens that engages in community service, holding food banks, helping the homeless, as well as other civic activities to help their fellow americans, they have broad leadership from four mosques with them today, including the Adams center in sterling, dar alnoor, islamic center in vienna and dar alnoor in Prince William, my home town, a few miles up the road and fantastic neighbors. I amry grateful toe traveled to the capitol and look forward to continuing to work with them in partnership with the community. Mr. President, I ask you to provide them with a warm welcome from the Senate .
[Unknown]
Would iman da 'in Johnson and your guests please rise? Thank you all so much for spending the day with us and imam, thank you for getting us off to a great start this afternoon. I enjoyed seeing you all on Friday and look forward to visiting with you again and we hope you have a wonderful day in Mr. Jefferson's capitol and safe travels to you all as well. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering imam da 'in Johnson and guests a warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Petersburg, Senator Dance .
Roz Dance
Thank you thank you Mr. President, I rise for the purpose of on introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Roz Dance
Thank you. Today in the gallery, we have a group of students from Prince George County representing the Prince George County Virginia cooperative extension. The students are accompanied by their adviser, Mr. Herman mclin, they are here also for the annual 4h day at the capitol. The Prince George County office of the Virginia cooperative extension is a local connection to Virginia 's land grant universities. Virginia tech and Virginia state university. Through educational programs based on research and development with input from local stakeholders they help the people of Prince George County improving their lives. Additionally they provide education through programs in agricultural and natural resources, family and consumer services, sciences, I 'm sorry, 4h youth development and community viability. Mr. President, on behalf of the Senate, senators Mecklenburg and myself, I would ask we give them a warm welcome.
[Unknown]
Would members of the Prince George County 4h please rise? Welcome. You all are wept represent -- well represented and thank you for making the trip to our capitol and hopefully you will be able to see how policy is made here in the Senate and also in the House on the other end. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the Prince George County 4h a we were welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fauquier County, Senator Vogel .
Jill Holtzman Vogel
Thank you Mr. President, I rise for purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Jill Holtzman Vogel
Mr. President, I would like to direct your attention in the gallery to some more 4hers here today as part of the 4h day. I know that you and others in this body are well aware of the important contributions that 4h makes to many, many young people as part of their life, their family life and education in Virginia, and while mine May not have traveled as far as those who are here for the gentleman from Grayson, they are ever bit as special, they are here from Frederick county, Virginia and I would ask you please extend to them a very, very warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator, would members of the Frederick county 4h club please rise? They perhaps, Senator, are watching from another viewing area. But we want to certainly give them the same attention as the other 4h organizations, so for those of you that, if you are watching, from another room, we would like to offer the warm welcome of the Senate to the Frederick county 4h club. Let's offer them a round of applause.
[Unknown]
[applause] thank you.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Stafford ,
[Unknown]
Thank you. Senator Stuart. I rise for point of personal privilege -- for purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I'd like to bring attention to the body the presence of members from the King George County 4h club on behalf of the Senator from Hanover and myself. They are represented here today, Mr. President, by members of the archery team, the clover buds, I 'm not exactly sure what that is, and the po to himac elementary 4h garden club. Mr. President, I would ask you give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator, would members of the King George County 4h please rise if you are with us this morning? Thank you, boy, you have a great group and thank you for making the trip to watch Senator Stuart in action. There are going to be interesting bills today, if you can stay around and watch. And one other thing, I see some young folks with us in the audience, and we have a great Page program here, the best in the world, so if there are any of you that are 13 and 14 that are interested in the Page program, please let us know, our clerk, madam shar, will be happy to entertain your application. We welcome you today. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the King George County 4h the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Roanoke city, Senator Edwards .
John Edwards
Mr. President, today is the Virginia school board association's lobby day. I suspect each of us has received as guest members of the school board from our respective districts, I know I 've had several school boards visit me from my district, the school boards are here, of course, promoting the public education throughout the commonwealth of Virginia, improving excellence in public education, as well as maybe a little more funding, and I would ask you to give the school boards association who are here promoting our public education system one of the finest in the country and one of the most important institutions in the commonwealth of Virginia, I would ask you to recognize them and give them a very warm welcome to the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. Would members from the Virginia school board association, if you are with us, please rise? Senator, they May be watching from another viewing area, but we certainly appreciate them being here, advocating for what we would like to have as the world class education system in Virginia. So if there are members of the Virginia school board that are viewing us from another area, we would offer you the warm welcome of the Senate. Thank you!
John Edwards
[applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant .
Siobhan Dunnavant
Thank you, Mr. President, rise for the purposes of an browks.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Siobhan Dunnavant
I would like to recognize cpa constituents visiting with us today, several members of the Virginia society of cpas are meeting with their legislators during their annual assembly event, they brought with them their legislators' tax guides to answer common tax questions, so welcome the vpa members.
[Unknown]
Would members of the Virginia society of cpas please rise, thank you, I enjoyed visiting with you and thank you for making the trip to rich mon and advocating what's important for our tax code. We need to have a competitive tax code with other states in order to attract business to Virginia. So thank you all for what you are doing to participate in that. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the Virginia society of cpas the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Roanoke County, Senator suter line --
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I rise for Suetterlein. Two introductions.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I trespass on this body a lot with the one introduction I had in my first whole year but today I 've got two, and the first one, Mr. President, is the wonderful group of 4h students from wentz county in the gallery. We've got a lot of great some of these students are agricultural families, and members of those families and others are going to be in agriculture later and help grow what's already the largest industry in the commonwealth. So I would ask you to give them a warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator, would members of the wentz county 4h please rise, what a great come from a beautiful area of group you all have and you our commonwealth. I've been through there many times, and I always enjoy the visit, and you all have come quite a ways this morning as well. So there's a tremendous amount of history here in Mr. Jefferson's capitol, so we hope you can take a lot of it in today, and thank you for visiting with us. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the wentz county 4h the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
The Senator from Roanoke County .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. We are very proud to have such a large contingent today. My second introduction are some friends of mine that are visiting the capitol today, we've got lauren, elizabeth fox, constance fox Carroll, and one of my very oldest friends, lieutenant ian James mckahe, commanding officer of the coast guard qatar katherine walker. We are going to get to experience some of the capitol and I hope you give him the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Would lieutenant ian James mckahe and your guests please rise, thank you for your service to this country. Just a very quick story, I had always wanted to go to the coast guard academy and ended up getting a silver medal, so ended up at vmi instead. So thank you for what you do to keep our waterways safe. We appreciate that. I would ask the Senate to please join me in offering lieutenant ian James mckahe and your guests the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
The Senator from Lynchburg, Senator peak.
Mark Peake
I rise for purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Mark Peake
Mr. President, fellow members of the Senate, I rise to introduce today, visiting from suzana county, 4h leaders team club, accompanied by kim mayo, their leader and ellie farmer and kaitlyn Ruff if they happen to be here. A great agricultural county, they are continuing in that they came by my office, I tradition. Talked with many of them and they had many interesting questions for what's going on in the state Senate. So I ask, Mr. President, fellow senators, to welcome them today.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. Would members from the fluvana county 4h team leaders please rise if you are with us this morning? It was great to see you all as well and you all are strong in numbers today, your 4h members, so we appreciate you coming to visit with us today. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the fluvana county 4h team leaders club the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator DeSteph .
Bill DeSteph
Mr. President, I rise for an introduction. Actually two introductions.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Bill DeSteph
Thank you Mr. President. Mr. President, I have two introductions to do, then I will defer to my seat mate for the third introduction.
[Unknown]
Yes, sir, thank you.
Bill Howell
The first one, we have with us a gentleman from my district, his dad is a very good friend of mine, geo torrez, he is shadowing, walking around with some of the doctors today.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. Geo, I recognize you. Welcome. Geo and I go back a long ways. We are actually neighbors, back in Norfolk. So I know, I have followed your career, and I look forward -- I know you are an inspiring young doctor, so we appreciate what you are doing, and we wish you the best. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering geo torrez the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
And Mr. President, I know, for my second introduction, that Virginia beach might not be known for agriculture, you May not be of -- think of that when you think of Virginia beach, however, we do have a very vibrant, growing agricultural district in Virginia beach, roughly more than half of our land mass is agricultural. Where we have our 4h club, the Virginia beach 4h club is with us as well. If not in the galley, I 'm sure on capitol grounds, watching closely.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. Would members of Virginia beach 4h club please rise if you are with us this afternoon. You actually do have a good representation, Senator. Thank you all for making the trip from Virginia beach, and that's my back yard as well, so I appreciate you all coming up and representing our area. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the Virginia beach 4h club the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
The Senator from Henrico, Senator dunne vant -- dunnevant.
[Unknown]
I rise for the purposes of an introduction that I wouldn't let my seat mate make.
[Unknown]
You have the floor.
[Unknown]
I think most of them have returned to their offices because they need to see patients but you all had the opportunity to meet with physicians from the medical society of Virginia lobby day, so I really want to thank them for coming down. That is how I got my start here at the legislature, despite what you all think, was with medical society of Virginia and their lobby day, so thanks for their ongoing efforts to stay involved in the process.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. Would members of the white coats day, I see some white coatings -- coats, will they please rise? Thank you all so much for making the trip today, and as the good Senator said, for taking time out of your busy schedule. I think, Senator, I recognize some of them May perhaps be students, doctors in training, and so this is your future, and it's good that you are here, advocating for what you believe in strongly. So thanks for taking time to be with us today. I would ask members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from white coat day the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
Senator from Spotsylvania, Senator Reeves .
Bryce Reeves
Thank you Mr. President, I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Bryce Reeves
It's been noted the various boys groups around but I would like -- 4h groups around but I would rec -- I would like to recognize those out of my district. I had the opportunity to meet with the students, talk about agriculture, talk about the bills and what it means to their families and Mr. President, I ask you give the Orange County 4h the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. Would members of the Orange County 4h club please rise? Thank you all for being here, we saved the best for last, right? All right. So thanks for visiting with us today, and again, I hope you all are able to take in a lot of the history here in Mr. Jefferson's capitol and I wish you safe travels on your return. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the 4h county club of Orange County the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
Is there any other business for the Senate this morning? For morning hour? The Senator from Hanover ? Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Thank you Mr. President, I do represent Spotsylvania as well. I understand the confusion. Mr. President, yesterday we talked about today being the day we were going to allow for motions regardless of what side you all are from for unanimous consent to introduce bills, and Mr. President, it is my understanding that it is totally ecumenical, there's one on each side, so with that, Mr. President, I would move that the rules be suspended and unanimous consent be granted for Senator Carrico -- for the Senator from graceson and the Senator from Virginia beach, and the city of Fairfax, apparently they are growing like trees out here! Very fast trees. And the Senator from Loudoun, to introduce bills beyond the deadline. Did I miss anybody?
[Unknown]
Senator, sounds like we have four?
Ryan McDougle
Four.
[Unknown]
All right.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Yes, sir. The question is, shall the Senate grant unanimous consent to introduce four bills, one from Loudoun, Fairfax, Grayson, and Virginia beach? As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, the ayes have it, the consent no. Of the Senate is granted to introduce the bills as described. >> Senator from Lynchburg, Senator peak. >> Mr. President, I rise. I understood I did not have to introduce it, but I have in a resolution -- have a resolution I would like to submit.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is shall the Senate grant consent for the resolution described by the Senator from Lynchburg. As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, the ayes have it, the consent no. Of the Senate is granted. Thank you Senator .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Returning to the morning hour, the Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain
Mark Obenshain
Mr., I rise for the purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Mark Obenshain
I bet you didn't know there are 4h students in the capitol today!
[Unknown]
I would have never guessed.
[Unknown]
I knew that. So Mr. President, I want to draw your attention and the attention of the members to an outstanding group from the number 1ag county in Virginia, in every respect, Rockingham County. They have an outstanding group of 4h emerging leaders here from all corners of so Mr. President, I would ask Rockingham County. You to extend a welcome of the Senate to this outstanding group.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. Would members from the Rockingham County 4h please rise? Welcome, and you all are from truly a beautiful area of the commonwealth as well, so thank you for being here today and we recognize you with your green on and we hope you have a wonderful visit in Mr. Jefferson's capitol. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the Rockingham County 4h the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
The Senator from Franklin County, Senator Stanley .
Bill Stanley
Thank you Mr. President, I rise for the purposes of an introduction, sir.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Bill Stanley
Thank you Mr. President. Members of the body, those in the gallery, I 'm very proud to announce that in our gallery today, we have some real great leadership that hails from Patrick County, one of the most beautiful places in the 20th Senate district. If you haven't been there yet, Mr. President, I beg you, and I know because you May be doing some things where you are travel ago lot after we get out of session. I know that you will visit one of the best counties that we have in the whole state of Virginia. Mr. President, they are known as the leadership of Patrick County, and if you May, if you will indulge me, I would like to introduce those that are here in the gallery, julie walter steele, lisa Martin, jessica harmon, monica gravly, and patty dalton. We are so proud to have them we are very proud of their here. Leadership that they show in our community, and we are very excited about spending the day in the capitol with them. So if you would, Mr. President, I would appreciate it if you would extend to them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator, members of the leadership of Patrick County, julie, lisa, jessica, monica, patty, if you are with us, please rise. Welcome here. We appreciate you spending time with us this afternoon, and hopefully, you will be able to watch laws being made in the great commonwealth. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the leadership of Patrick County the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
The Senator from Russell County, Senator Chafin .
Ben Chafin
Thank you Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Ben Chafin
We have in the gallery today actually -- actually I rise for two introductions.
[Unknown]
Yes, sir, you have the floor.
[Unknown]
We have in the gallery today a group of 4hers from dickinson county, Virginia, who have traveled a long way to be at the capitol, and they visited with me earlier and they are a very bright, engaging group of young individuals. They are accompanied by leanna Stanley, michelle hayes, donna Cox, and iune ichigiro, an exchange student from japan, and I hope the Senate will give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator, would members from the dickinson county 4h please rise? Welcome, and welcome to you from japan. We appreciate you visiting our country, and our commonwealth, and coming to see how we make laws in Virginia. So to all the 4h members, thank you all for being with us today. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the dickinson county 4h and also our visitor from japan the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
The Senator from Russell County .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. We also have today a group who came from an adjoining, adjacent county, Buchanan County, 4h group, and they have traveled every bit as far to be here as the group from dickinson county. I hope that would be the -- both of these groups, of course, are in my district, in the far west, about as far west as you can get. They both bump right up against kentucky. So I hope that the members would give this group from bu hannan county -- buhannan county the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Would members of the buhannan county please rise. You all did travel a long ways, didn't you? Good trip I hope. We certainly hope you have a safe trip on your return, and again, thank you for coming and sharing your day with us here in Richmond. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the Buchanan County 4h the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Bath County, Senator Deeds .
Creigh Deeds
Thank you Mr. Chair, I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Creigh Deeds
Mr. President, I would like to advise the body we have a 4h group from Albemarle County. I would appreciate it if you would give them the warm greetings of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Would members of the Albemarle 4h county please rise? Thank you all for joining us today and we appreciate you all coming to visit us and again, we hope you have a wonderful day in our capitol. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering the members from the Albemarle County 4h club the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Richmond city, Senator sturt vant.
Glen Sturtevant
I rise for purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Glen Sturtevant
Mr. President, it is my pleasure this morning on behalf of myself, as well as the Senator from Richmond city on the other side of the chamber to introduce members of the Richmond 4h and efasis junior academy who have joined us in the Senate chamber today and Mr. President, I ask that we offer them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. Would members from the Richmond city 4h club please rise, if you are with us? You all have a great group as thank you for visiting with well. Us today, and I hope you have a very enjoyable day. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the Richmond County 4h -- Richmond city 4h club the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Fairfax County, Senator Saslaw .
Dick Saslaw
I was wondering if you could inquire in the gallery if there are 4h members from Fairfax, Alexandria .
[Unknown]
The answer, Senator, is no
Dick Saslaw
The Senator from Russell County, I think we have some
[Unknown]
I believe we do, more 4h members. Mr. President. Thank you for allowing me to introduce them. I rise for the introduction of a group from taxel county, Smith county and Bland counties, they visited with me this morning, making up the larger part of my district when you consider those five counties. I hope that it would be the pleasure of the Senate to give them the warm welcome of the Senate, thank you.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. Would members from taxwell, Smith and Bland counties 4h please rise? Thank you all so much, I know you all have come a along way but it's very important for us to have you come and visit us and tell us what is important to you in our area of the commonwealth, and what a beautiful area you come foreclosure and we thank you for being here and we wish you safe traifls. I would ask members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the taxwell, Smith and Bland County 4h the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
We have a special guest with us in the gallery that I want to recognize, our first lady, and I just wanted to make a couple of quick comments, and we do have a lot of children with us in the capitol today, but to our first lady, dorothy mcauliffe, thank you very much for your leadership and what you have done for education, and especially what you have done for our children that have not had meals before they go to school each morning. So we appreciate that, and we want all of our children to get off to a healthy start in the morning. So thank you for all of your work, thank you for being with us today, and thank you for accompanying my wife, pam. Would pal and dorothy please rise? Thank you all so much. Let's give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
The Senator from graceson. -- from Grayson .
[Unknown]
Is there any other business for the morning hour? The clerk will please call the car dar.
[Unknown]
Senate calendar for Tuesday January 24, 2017, uncontested calendar, Senate bills on third reading.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you Mr. President, I respectfully move that all the Senate bills on the third reading on the uncontested calendar which would include all Senate bills on pages 1-15 including Senate bill 786 through Senate bill 1368 be published on the final passage in the block, any Senator who desires to remove a bill from the block and to introduce anyone else in the gallery, please do so after the clerk has read the number.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator, the question is, shall the Senate bills on the uncontested calendar, third reading -- third reading, pages 1-15, Senate bills 786 through Senate bill 1366, be placed upon their final passage in the block with the understanding that any Senator desiring a bill removed from the block will do so after the clerk has read the number of the bill?
Tommy Norment
All in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed, no, the ayes have it, the motion is agreed to, the bills will be in the block, the clerk will please read the number of the bill.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 786, Senate bill 804, Senate bill 843, salomon Smith barney 864, salomon Smith barney -- Senate bill 912, Senate bill 919, Senate bill 926, Senate bill 936, Senate bill 960.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Franklin County, Senator Stanley .
Bill Stanley
Thank you Mr. President, if you would please actual out 960 from the block, wi
Bill Howell
Without objection, Senate appreciate it. Bill 960 will come out of the block.
Bill Stanley
Senate bill 961, Senate bill 964, Senate bill 977, Senate bill 1001, Senate bill 225, Senate bill 1083, Senate bill 1104, sen --
[Unknown]
Mr. President?
[Unknown]
Yes, the Senator from Roanoke County .
[Unknown]
Can sb919 come out of the block?
[Unknown]
And by for the day.
Bill Howell
Without objection, Senate bill 919 on Page three will come out of the block and by for the day.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1083, Senate bill 1104, Senate bill 1135.
[Unknown]
Mr. President? The Senator from eastern Fairfax County .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, could Senate bill 1135 come out of the block?
Bill Howell
Without objection, Senate bill 1135 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1225, Senate bill 1254, Senate bill 1304, Senate bill 855, Senate bill 894, Senate bill 1041, Senate bill 1046, Senate bill 1069, Senate bill 1085, Senate bill 1101, Senate bill 1169, Senate bill 1178, Senate bill 1180, Senate bill 1211, Senate bill 1221, Senate bill 1230, Senate bill 1242, Senate bill 1250, Senate bill 1276, Senate bill 1323, Senate bill 1366.
Bill Howell
Thank you madam clerk. The request question is, shall the bills in the block pass? That is, all bills except for Senate bill 960, 919, and 1135? All in favor the passage of the bills will record their votes aye, those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos, zero. The bills in the block pass. Returning to Page four, Senate bill 960, the Senator from northern Chesapeake, Senator Spruill ?
Lionell Spruill
960 is the bill that the allows you the option to count ballots that come in. They come in a container. It's causing a backup during election day, when the ballots come in. They are allowed to open them up and not push them through that gives them the option to the machine. Do that if they choose to.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. If you could make a motion that the bill pass?
Lionell Spruill
I move the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator -- thank you Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax, city, Senator Petersen .
Chap Petersen
The gentleman yields?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
Chap Petersen
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
We are going to take up legislation taking up that when there are write-in ballots under certain circumstances they don't have to be counted. If somebody has a write-in ballot, they open it, and count it and they don't hit the threshold, how do they uncount it.
[Unknown]
The Senator from northern Chesapeake .
[Unknown]
I'm hoping when it comes -- I would not vote for the write-in ballot. I am hoping they don't do that. They should not count it.
[Unknown]
I thank the gentleman.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Franklin County, Senator Stanley .
Bill Stanley
Thank you Mr. President. Will the Senator from northern Chesapeake yield for a question.
[Unknown]
Will the Senator from northern Chesapeake yield?
Bill Stanley
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
I would ask the Senator if he could look at the bill as it's found on our calendar docket, that we can find here on our devices, and if he would look on Page or on line 12, after the word "absentee", I notice the word "voter". Now, if I -- if the gentleman were to take the r off the word "voter", what would that word be, sir?
[Unknown]
The Senator from northern Chesapeake .
[Unknown]
Just vote is all.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
[Unknown]
Fut question from Franklin County .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. Now, if the Senator from northern Chesapeake, my good friend, would then go to line 55 of his legislation --
[Unknown]
I don't have the bill.
[Unknown]
Then go to the end of that line, after the word "in", if the gentleman could tell me what that word is?
[Unknown]
The Senator from northern Chesapeake .
[Unknown]
I'm trying to find it.
[Unknown]
Chill out one minute. >> Vant
[Unknown]
Can you let the gentleman know I 'm chilled.
[Unknown]
55, and n, no event shall -- [inaudible]
[Unknown]
Mr. President, that word after "in" is what?
[Unknown]
No.
[Unknown]
So Mr. President --
[Unknown]
Senator from Franklin .
Bill Howell
I would ask the gentleman from Chesapeake, then if we took the two words together, the first one that asked him what that second word was, what would that be together?
[Unknown]
The Senator from northern Chesapeake .
[Unknown]
No.
[Unknown]
It would be vote no. That's right.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you. The Senator from Fauquier, Senator Vogel .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. Speaking to the measure?
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, we heard this bill in privileges and elections committee and the underlying bill just to clarify allows you to open it as the absentee ballots come in and to clarify a point that was made previously, the question was asked regarding a bill that will be heard in a few moments, and that was how will you uncount that vote should the bill pass that will be heard in a few moments that would not allow for the votes to be counted, and I want to make a very important point, that that subsequent bill does not, in fact, not count any votes. That is really, really important. So please understand that, as you consider this bill, that there is no such bill that will actually not count any votes. Thank you Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you Mr. President. Would the gentleman rise and yield for a question, please?
[Unknown]
Would the Senator from northern Chesapeake yield for a question?
Tommy Norment
Yes Mr. Chairman -- yes Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, as I was listening to his initial explanation of the bill, he mentioned that some of the -- I guess ballots that came in were put in a can. I was just wanting to know, does your bill provide that the democrat ballots will be the ones put in the can?
[Unknown]
The Senator from northern Chesapeake .
[Unknown]
Mr. Chairman, I desire to make sure that my friend, Senator Wagner, that his be counted that night. Yes, the democrats out of cans, yes, there will be.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 960 pass. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire the clerk will close the to change their vote?
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos, zero. Roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
The bill
[Unknown]
-- the bill passes. So for those of you that
[Unknown]
[applause] are watching from the gallery, this was the Senator from northern Chesapeake 's first bill on the floor of the Senate. So he met just a little bit of resistance, but at the end of the day, it passed.
[Unknown]
Returning to Page seven, Senate bill 1135, the Senator from Williamsburg, Senator Mason. Mr. President, I bill the bill pass, speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
We hope for the same outcome on this bill, Mr. President. This is a riveting piece of legislation from James city county actually addressing a concern from one of the members of the clerk's office who is my constituent, who has had an unseemly car parked in their neighborhood for several times and -- for several months and James city/county spoke to us about the ability to deal with inoperable vehicles if it either has an expired license plate or inspection sticker, it currently needs to be booked.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator, the Senator from Russell County, Senator Chafin. >> Will the Senator gleeld yields, Senator. >> Would the Senator from Williamsburg consider a defense to the locality to any penalty that they might want to levy if the individual who owned the inoperable vehicle had the vehicle appraised and considered it as valuable landscaping and yard art?
Ben Chafin
The Senator from Williamsburg, Senator Mason .
Monty Mason
I would say to the gentleman that likely happens more in his neck of the woods than I !
Ben Chafin
But I also got coached up a little bit by some folks from the Virginia municipal leg who suggested that you could have a 2016 jaguar and if you took the steering wheel off of it, it would be an inoperable vehicle, so it could be as pretty as you please and still qualify under the bill.
Monty Mason
Thank you Senator .
[Unknown]
Will the Senator yield for a further question?
[Unknown]
Would the Senator yield for an additional question?
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
Now, if that jaguar had its steering wheel removed and then was sold by the locality, who would share in the profits of the sale of that inoperable vehicle?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Williamsburg .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, if it had an expired license plate and an expired inspection sticker I think the county would be the beneficiary.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
[Unknown]
I thank the gentleman.
[Unknown]
Yes, sir, Senator. The Senator from Alexandria, Senator Ebbin .
Adam Ebbin
Thank you Mr. President, will the Senator from Williamsburg yield for a question?
[Unknown]
Will the Senator yield? I yield.
Adam Ebbin
He yields.
[Unknown]
I would ask the Senator, does he have an operable vehicle.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Williamsburg .
[Unknown]
I would tell you that Mrs. Mason deems that I May have one but no, sir, I don't think so.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Alexandria .
[Unknown]
Will the Senator yield.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
I would ask the Senator what's the median household of James city/county.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Williamsburg, I May yield from the gentleman from James city to suggest it's probably around $65,300 per home.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The Senator from Alexandria .
[Unknown]
Will the -- will the gentleman yield for one more question.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
I question the gentleman on how well he knows his district. If the median income was 70,487 in 2007, how many people there can afford jaguars?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Williamsburg .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, that's a couple of years, and there are quite a few jaguars, but the older models seem to be more plan than the new ones, anecdotally.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The senior Senator from Fairfax, county, Senator Saslaw .
Dick Saslaw
Mr. President, I would just like the record to show that with respect to those remarks about jaguar car, I resemmably those remarks.
[Unknown]
Thank you -- resemble those remarks.
Dick Saslaw
Senator from east Fairfax County, Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
Will the Senator yield?
[Unknown]
The Senator yields.
Scott Surovell
I know folks in this body are concerned about property rights, and I was reading this bill here, and it seems to say that it doesn't only apply to inoperable motor vehicles but also operable motor vehicles, and I was just wondering if it was your intention to your the James city county board of supervisors to require the gentleman from James city county to put his car in the garage.
[Unknown]
The Senator from
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would say Williamsburg. To the gentleman, as long as he has a valid license and inspection sticker he should be good to go.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
The only thing I was looking at, in the code, motor vehicle is basically defined in 46.200 as basically any vehicle designed for self-propulsion, capable of being operated on a highway, and I was also wondering where it -- whether it was the gentleman's intention to empower the James city county board of supervisors to require the gentleman to keep his riding lawn mower in his shed.
[Unknown]
Senator from Williamsburg .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I don't think that requires a valid inspection sticker or license plate, so I think his lawn mower is going to be just fine.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
-- will the gentleman yield for two more questions?
[Unknown]
He yields.
[Unknown]
I know the county, Arlington, city of alex alexanda and Fairfax. I was wondering if he is from Fairfax or James city county.
[Unknown]
I have noted deference to northern Virginia in several in this body so we are trying to come along and be one of the 23 others.
[Unknown]
The Senator from eastern Fairfax County .
[Unknown]
I would just ask for yield for one more question.
[Unknown]
He yields Senator .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, the last thing, looking at line 43 of the bill here, it talks about how if a county has to levy a charge against somebody for removing their inoperable vehicle and they won't remove it, that cost May be collected by the locality as taxes are collected and I was wondering whether this was a trojan tax increase on the good taxpayers of James city county.
[Unknown]
I tell the learned counsel that's current law.
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator .
[Unknown]
I thank the gentleman.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 1135 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? To change their vote? Do any of the senators desire the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 33, nos six.
[Unknown]
Ayes 33, nos six, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
Regular calendar Senate bills on third reading, Senate bill 1126, a bill relating to consumer finance company's internet loans. Sorry, it faded off the Page .
[Unknown]
The Senator from eastern Fairfax County, Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
Thank you Mr. President, I bill the -- I move the bill pass and speaking to the
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor. Bill. Gentlemen of the Senate, this
Scott Surovell
Thank you, ladies and legislation basically would require companies that lend money over the internet to be regulated as consumer finance companies. As you all remember, yesterday we passed a floor amendment requiring a reenactment this next year and also had a third enactment clause directing the bureau of financial institutions to develop a regulatory regime to deal with these companies. Really quick, these companies have been documented, we're talking about basically native american tribes and companies from other countries that are coming in here and lending money to people in Virginia at documented interest rates of 478 percent, 638 percent, even 5000 percent has been and the amendments we made documented. Yesterday, I would ask the body pass the bill.
Bill Howell
The question is shall Senate bill 1126 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, nos three.
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, nos three, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 901, a bill relating to park authority liability, immunity.
[Unknown]
The Senator from western Fairfax County, Senator Marsden .
Dave Marsden
Thank you Mr. President, I move that the bill pass and speaking to the measure.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Dave Marsden
Thank you Mr. President. The legislation grants park authorities the same protection from liability and civil actions that cities, counties and towns currently has for their park, the purpose of this legislation is to clarify the state code so it is consistent with case law under two circumstances, case law -- or cases have indicated that they do indeed have that same liability, and so I renew my motion to have the bill passed.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is shall Senate bill 901 be passed.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax, city, Senator Petersen ?
Chap Petersen
Just speaking briefly? Opposition? And I know -- if I might.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Chap Petersen
This is obviously another good example of immunity creep, where this initially started out for state park and added to local parts and now it goes to park authorities. The bottom line is when people are injured on a location, there's a great way to assess the risk and insure against it, it's an industry called wait for it insurance, and by in large, people can insure for these type of risks and again, when we take a park authority out of this equation, it was simply saying that people get injured for negligence reasons are not going to be insured against and will not have a recovery. So again, I realize this battle was pretty much fought and lost on many occasions but again, it's just more examples of immunity creep.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 901 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Do any of the senators desire have all the senators voted? To change their vote? The clerk will close the
[Unknown]
Ayes 31, eight. Roll?
[Unknown]
Ayes 31, nos eight.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1073, relating to general and operational powers of the town, town elections, appointed officers.
[Unknown]
Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, I move that the bill pass, and speaking to the bill. This bill is updating bridgewater town charter. It conforms the charter with current law. The charter or -- currently the town conducts its elections in November as they are permitted to under state law. The charter provides for them to be conducted in May. However, this corrects that and updates the charter in multiple additional ways.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is shall Senate bill 1073 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to have all the senators voted? Vote? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Mark Obenshain
Ayes 39, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos, zero, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1084, a bill which provided a charter for the town of herndon relating to elections.
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Wexton .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President I move the bill pass and speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
This bill would allow the town of herndon to amend its charter to move its town elections from May to November, as many towns have done before them. I ask the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 1084 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, nos two.
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, nos two, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1134, a bill which provided a charter for the city of Williamsburg relating to the redevelopment and housing authority.
[Unknown]
Senator from Williamsburg, Senator Mason .
Monty Mason
Mr. President, I move the bill pass, and speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Monty Mason
Mr. President, currently the city council's redevelopment housing authority in Williamsburg, hud requires that you have a citizen member. This expands the charter to allow two sit evens from the city of Williamsburg, one that lives in a housing complex, to be a member of the housing redevelopment authority.
Bill Howell
The question is, shall Senate bill 1134 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to have all the senators voted? Vote? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos, zero, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1236, a bill relating to candidate petitions, number of signatures required for statewide candidates.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Alexandria, Senator Ebbin .
Adam Ebbin
Thank you Mr. President, I move the bill pass and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Adam Ebbin
Right now in Virginia, to run for statewide office, whether it's common or lgag or u.S. Senate, candidates are required to get 10,000 signatures from across the commonwealth, including some of these congressional districts. This would lower that number to 5000. And one of the reasons I 'm concerned about this is the people end up paying to get the signatures, end up paying organizers in most if not nearly all cases and I feel that showing you 5000 signatures is a significant show of organization and further I would rather, if people, if they have that kind of money, they should spend it on contacting voters rather than paying organizers to collect signatures. Further, we changed our law in 2013 for the benefit of presidential candidates. I believe it was 2012, only two republican candidates qualified for the ballot. And the other ones who overcame the 10,000 vote threshold. When we lowered that to 5000 for presidential candidates only, in 2013, we saw that this year, we had a robust presidential primary on both sides with people qualifying for the ballot. Further, I looked into this, and I saw that ohio and pennsylvania have a 5000 signature requirement. So I think that 5000 is a significant enough hurdle to show we have enough organization for those candidates, and that what we do for presidential candidates should also be what we do for other statewide elections. With that, I renew my motion the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 1236 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 19, nos 19, rule 361.
[Unknown]
Ayes 19, nos 19, rule 361. The chair votes aye, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Mr. President?
[Unknown]
Having voted on the prevailing side by which we passed the bill 1236 I would like to ask that bill please be reconsidered.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is shall the vote by which Senate bill 1236 passed be reconsidered. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 34, nos five.
[Unknown]
Ayes 34, nos five, the motion carries. The Senator from Alexandria, Senator Ebbin .
Adam Ebbin
I renew my motion that the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 1236 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? Roll. The clerk will close the
Adam Ebbin
Ayes 18, nos 21.
[Unknown]
Ayes 18, nos 21, the bill fails to pass.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1302, a bill relating to write-in votes, duties of local electoral boards.
[Unknown]
The Senator from falk ear, Senator Vogel .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President, I move the bill pass and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. This bill is a good government bill and it really is brought to you in a way that mostly benefits large jurisdictions but hopefully benefits everybody, and what it seeks to do is allow local electoral boards the opportunity to not report each individual write-in vote in the case where it is mathematical impossible for those write-in votes to affect the outcome of the election. So, for example, in Fairfax County, in the most recent congressional election, the congressional candidate was unopposed, the number of write-in votes was 27,000, the number of write-in votes of not going to make a difference, but the electoral board was required to provide the identity of each of those write-in votes. Now, if it was mickey mouse, then it was just reported as invalid, but the identity of each of those write-in votes was required to be reported. That requirement cost the local registrar and electoral board an enormous amount of resources and I think the testimony in committee was it was five or six solve id -- solid days with several people committed to that task, and I would argue that there were other tasks that were of greater priority and certainly of greater import to the local electoral board and registrar in the wake of that election. So this was brought to me at the request of that registrar, and a couple of things for this body to understand, there is a threshold, so that if it's close, you have to report them, they always have to be counted, that's important for everybody to know, you always count them, you are just not reporting the individual identity of each. That is made available to the public. So anybody who wishes to come and find that information out can go to the local electoral board and pull that information. So that's what the bill does. With that I ask the body please pass the bill.
[Unknown]
Senator, the Senator from Alexandria, Senator Ebbin ? Thank you Mr. President, speaking against the bill?
Adam Ebbin
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I think it's important to note these write-in votes that are not enumerated on the abstract, it doesn't matter whether it's an organized evident or unorganized every and I would say in my home city the incumbent mayor got 9170 votes in the 2015 general he was defeated by a election. Significant margin. But those votes would not be enumerated, the way I read the bill. And I think that the people who are involved in that campaign, who are closely watched it, the media, should be able to easily ascertain the results. They can go to the registrar's office and look through the tape, but I don't think that's good enough. I know that the democracy is not always cheap, I represent Fairfax, county, too, and I don't like the idea that registrars have to work so hard, but I do think that we are entitled to the results. Now, a better way to change this is right now, if you get less than 5 percent of the votes as write-ins, those are not ascertained. If it was a higher number than 5 percent, that might be a more reasonable way to do this. I know that in 2015, we had hb2152 that all members of the Senate but two who were serving then voted against, and I would ask that we vote against this again. It's just -- also, in a multi-jurisdictional election or primary, for example, for my seat, I represent three areas, so if you wanted to know how many write-in votes someone had gotten against me, whether it was an organized write-in vote or wasn't, you'd have to go to the office of elections in Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria, go through the tape, add up that. I just think in the name of transparency, that this is not the right solution to this problem. If the registrars see this as a problem. With that I 'd ask we vote against the bill.
Adam Ebbin
Thank you, the senior Senator from Bath County, Senator Deeds .
Creigh Deeds
Would the Senator from Fauquier resume the floor for a couple of questions.
[Unknown]
Will the Senator from Fauquier yield for a question?
Creigh Deeds
Yes I yield.
[Unknown]
She yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
I ask, she said under this bill the votes get counted, they just don't get reported. Is that what she said?
[Unknown]
Yes, Mr. President, what I said, the votes get counted, the number of write-in votes are counted and reported. They are just not -- for lack of a better description, itemized, name by name, for every single person. So f. You know, in the case of the 27,000, all 27,000 different persons whose names were written in would not be prid so that they didn't have to spend the next eight days doing that. It would be made available to the public but not provided in the next five days.
[Unknown]
I would ask -- Mr. President --
[Unknown]
Do you yield for an additional question?
[Unknown]
She yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
I would ask the Senator if they are counted but not tabulated, I guess, where's the cost savings? If the votes are counted, if somebody has to go through those 27,000 votes and count them as write-in, where are the cost savings for the registrar?
[Unknown]
The
[Unknown]
You are taking the cumulative number write-ins, not a breakdown among those write-ins, the cumulative number of write-ins, along with the cumulative number of votes cast.
[Unknown]
Senator from Roanoke city.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Will the --
[Unknown]
The Senator yield for an additional question?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
Hypothetically, if the incumbent got 60 percent of the votes cast and these three other write-in candidates, the libertarian candidate, the green party candidate, sped up the rest, would you need -- which would be a total of 40 percent of the vote, would you need to -- would the registrar have to count each of the three write-in candidates in that scenario.
[Unknown]
Senator from Fauquier .
[Unknown]
If it was 60 percent?
[Unknown]
Uh-huh, yes.
[Unknown]
And then 40 percent.
[Unknown]
Yes.
[Unknown]
Then the answer is it was mathematically impossible, then the answer is no, you would report the total number of ballots cast.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Roanoke city.
[Unknown]
Speaking to the bill?
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I believe this is not a good idea for democracy. In the scenario I just gave, one incumbent, he gets 6 percent, or she gets 6 percent, and then you have three hotly contested the public would like to know write-ins. How well they did among each other. And in terms of the overall number of votes cast. And I would hope that the registrars in that situation be required to report the outright candidate, the green party candidate, libertarian candidate, vegetarian, whatever they happen to be. The public has an interest in knowing this. The public has an interest in knowing how the write-in candidates did. And so for that reason, I would urge the body to vote against this bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The Senator from southern Fairfax County, Senator Barker .
George Barker
Thank you Mr. President. Would the Senator from Fauquier rise for a question?
[Unknown]
Will the Senator yield for a question?
George Barker
With some trepidation, Mr. President, I yield for a question.
[Unknown]
She yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I ask whether my understanding is correct that if the 5 percent threshold is not crossed, that the total number of write-in votes are reported, that there is never a counting of the write-in votes that are reported or are available as to who got how many. Is that correct?
[Unknown]
That is, Mr. President, my understanding, is that is absolutely correct, they report the total number of write-ins cast, so in the case of the Fairfax election most recently, you would have the candidate that was on the ballot who won, that was the only candidate that made it on the ballot, then there were 27,000 write-in ballots cast, that number would be reported, 27,000. However, those would be made available, those would never ultimately be reported, name by name, but the public and the media could go and examine those at the registrar's office if they chose to examine them.
[Unknown]
The Senator from southern Fairfax County .
[Unknown]
I would ask the Senator, will she yield for one other question?
[Unknown]
Yes, Mr. President, I yield.
[Unknown]
She yields.
[Unknown]
Let me make sure that I understand the last part of what you said, though. So what you would say is that in this situation, that the registrar, or that the voting officials never count the votes for the individuals, but someone from the public could go get copies of all the papers and tabulate them themselves, is that correct?
[Unknown]
Senator from Fauquier .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, my understanding is that what's reported is the total number.
[Unknown]
Right.
[Unknown]
And I 'm -- I believe that that is accurate, that it's available for the public to examine, and that they don't spend the next eight days actually breaking them down and then reporting them and making that available.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, speaking to the bill?
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I do have some concerns about this bill. I think that as it's drawn, there could be actually fairly highly elections where there's never a tab ulation of the second place finishers in a particular -- finisher in an election and how that applies, a town election I was just in, you could have one candidate on the ballot who got 100 votes, you could have two other people who indicated they wanted to be write-in candidates who collectively got 95 votes and there would be no tab ulation of those, which means you could have 100 votes for one, 94 for somebody else and one vote for the third person or 100 votes for one and 47 votes for the other two in a very different outcome. And it seems to me that in situations like that, if we are making that information readily available -- wi note that recently in that particular town that I live just outside of a few years ago, where there was an election for mayor, there was one person on the ballot, there were two write-in candidates and the person whose name was on the ballot finished third, so this is not an idle thing as it relates to elections in small towns and cities.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 1302 pass? All in favor of the motion those opposed no. Will record their votes aye, are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 22, nos 17.
[Unknown]
Ayes 22, nos 17, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1303, a bill relating to voter registration deadline for registration by electronic means.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fauquier County, Senator Vogel .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President, and maybe this will be easier. I move the bill pass and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. This was also brought at the request of some of our registrars, and this is a uniformity bill. What this bill seeks to do is set a uniform deadline for registration in the commonwealth of Virginia and to make that 5:00 p.M., and this was meant to resolve an issue where we had some deadlines at 5:00 p.M. In places where you appear in person and in other cases where you were trying to go into the online portal veras. You had until midnight. And there were issues with the portal. And if you were on the portal after 5:00 p.M. And you encountered some problem, you were shut out or it was frozen or you were spinning and you couldn't get in. If you had waited past 5:00, you didn't have an option to appear in person at any of the other locations where you could have actually registered. So among the registrars, you had this discussion, they believe that it was fairer to make it uniform, to set expectations that if you wish to register you had bettor there before 5:00 p.M., whether it's online, at any of the -- at any of the other locations where you register. Without bee mayoring that point, I move the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is shall Senate bill 1303 pass? Rok -- all in favor of the votes aye, those opposed no. Motion will record their are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 32, nos seven.
[Unknown]
Ayes 32, nos seven, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 865, a bill relating to prohibition against furnishing dirk switch blade knife, a bowing knife, to minor, exemption.
[Unknown]
Senator from Stafford, Senator Stuart .
Richard Stuart
Thank you Mr. President. After yesterday I 'm tempted to ask for this to go by for the day but I 'm not going to. Mr. President, currently in Virginia, it is unlawful to give a minor a buoy knife, switch blade knife, or a dirk. And I must tell you that I didn't know what a dirk was, so I googled it, and it's a dirk or a dagger. It's a scottish highlander's knife. Anyway, I thought you all would want to know that!
[Unknown]
So but there's an exception. We are seeking an exception in Virginia, as you have for hand guns, for a family member to be able to give a family member who's also a minor one of these knives. The best example I can give you, in Virginia, a minor can use a shotgun to hunt and shoot a deer or squirrel or a rabbit, something like that, but you couldn't give them one of these knives to skin it with. I know that not a lot of people participate in that sort of activity in this chamber, but some of us have and do. And this mirrors the exception for a knife, certain types of knives that we already have in Virginia for hand guns and I ask the bill pass.
Richard Stuart
Thank you Senator. The Senator -- senior Senator from Bath, Senator Deeds. Thank you Mr. President, I rise to speak to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I hope that people look at this bill a little closer. It's a short bill, this code section which has been part of the law for a long time, the exemption that is sought is actually a little bit broader than that described. It's not just for family members. It's for the purpose of engaging in the sport or after family members or for the purpose of engaging in the sporting event or activity. So you have an excuse to give one of these knives to any person. Now, I would also suggest to you, as someone who skinned a few animals, I 've skinned a few rabbits, I 've skinned deer, I have skinned quite a few mammals, but I have never needed a 9 1/2 inch blade to do it. A buoy knife is a 9 1/2 inch blade. A dirk is a long, thrusting dagger. Those knives are not appropriate for cleaning animals or any sporting event that I can think of. A spring knife, such as the such as the switch blade knife, a spring knife -- there's also plenty of good reason why 35 states outlaw these things. I just don't -- I see so much mischief in this bill. And this "or" means that adults have an excuse now to provide weapons to potentially street gangs who say yeah, we're going to use them for sporting purposes, but their sporting purpose might be different than what we would think. You know, this bill is, I think, full of mischief and has no business passing.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator, the Senator from Arlington, Senator Favola .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. Will the Senator from Stafford rise for a question?
[Unknown]
Will the Senator yield for a question?
[Unknown]
Yes, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
There's no definition of minor in here. So my question is could this be a child from the age of two through 18?
[Unknown]
Senator from Stafford .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I assume that it is the standard definition of under 18 years of age.
[Unknown]
The Senator from --
[Unknown]
There would be no --
[Unknown]
Senator from Arlington .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. Will the Senator yield for another question?
[Unknown]
I'm happy to.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
So there's no threshold, the child could be any age under the age of 18. A toddler. Is that correct?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Stafford .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, again, I read this bill with the typical definition of a minor, which is under the age of 18 years old. That's the way the bill reads.
[Unknown]
Senator from Arlington .
[Unknown]
I thank you. Mr. President, will the Senator yield for one other question?
[Unknown]
Would the Senator yield for one additional question?
[Unknown]
Absolutely.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
You say sporting event or activity. Any activity? How would we interpret that, or how do you interpret that?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Stafford .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I didn't provide a laundry list of activities, but there are certain things that groups could do that a father May want to give his son or his daughter a particular knife to participate in some sporting activity, and I understand they May not do that in Arlington County, but there's a whole other part of Virginia, rural Virginia, that they do do things like this, and we just mirrored the language where it gives the exemption for a family member to give a handgun to a minor for the same sporting activity or event.
[Unknown]
Senator from Arlington .
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator. Mr. President, I would like to speak in opposition to the bill. I would contend that children anywhere in the commonwealth, if they are playing with dangerous knives, would be subjecting themselves to potential harm and they could also be subjecting their playmates to potential harm. I don't see any reason why this bill serves a public purpose, especially when it is so broadly defined. We don't even define sporting this is just bad public event. Policy. I will just say that children are much more likely to be injured when they are playing with knives, even during horse play. So why would we want to put our children at risk and basically sanction this behavior? To me, it makes no sense, and it would be irresponsible public policy on the part of so having said that, I just lawmakers. Would ask the ladies and gentlemen of the Senate to defeat this measure.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 865 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? Roll. The clerk will close the
[Unknown]
Ayes 21, nos 19.
[Unknown]
Ayes 21, nos 19, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Can we exempt pages from this? Senate bill 1024, a bill relating to the reporting of disabilities of drivers.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the bill pass and speak to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
This legislation is intended to encourage health professionals to report when they believe that the health of their patient might make driving a threat to public safety. So we know that access to health care has changed considerably. Currently in the code, only physicians are protected for reporting, but there are much wider variety of professionals that care for patients. And we need to include them in this protection, because there have been some real issues with driving and accidents and deaths lately, and this is an opportunity to make this permissible reporting a protected entity for the health care professionals that might be seeing a patient.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 1024 pass?
Bill Howell
All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 28, nos 12.
[Unknown]
Ayes 28, nos 12, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1027, a bill relating to kanabe dehl oil and thca oil permitting of pharmaceutical processors to manufacture and provide.
[Unknown]
The Senator from western Fairfax County, Senator Marsden .
Dave Marsden
Thank you Mr. President. I move that the bill pass and speaking to the measure.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Dave Marsden
Thank you Mr. President. This is a reenactment of legislation from last year that allows for the manufacturing process -- manufacturing, processing of thc and dbd oil for those that have a diagnosis of intractable epilepsy. These are nonpsycho active and therefore not geared to get you high. And it has just been a tre moaneddous, tremendous benefit to these families to have this product available to them in terms of the number of seizures, the number of hospital visits that these youngsters have had for grand mal seizures that have been reduced. It has passed out of this body last year 38-nothing, and I would ask and reiterate that the reason for the reenactment was to allow the board of pharmacy to create regulations for the bill. That has been accomplished. And there's an emergency clause on so that that process of public review of those regulations could begin as soon as the governor signs the bill. And wi reiterate my motion to pass the bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
Dick Black
Thank you Mr. President. Speaking to the measure?
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Dick Black
Ladies and gentlemen, I would just like to clarify. You will see that I 'm listed as a nay in committee, and the reason for this is I just made the decision I 'm not going to move any further towards the legalization of marijuana. However, the patron of the bill explained to me that this was a reenactment, which I had not understood. I did vote for last year's bill, and because of that, I intend to vote for this bill, also. And I would encourage the members to do so, also.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is -- the senior Senator from Fairfax, Senator --
[Unknown]
Yes, Mr. President? I want to remind people in here, there is no way for -- chemists say there's no way this cannabis oil can ever be turned into an hallucinogenic, absolutely no way it can be done. And when you look at the results where it's been tested, it's had a miraculous effect, and we had, every year before we come back down here, we neat in theo meet in the governmental center in Fairfax, and citizens come and tell us what is on their mind. There was testimony from a woman who for -- well, several years, her daughter had seizures problems, she had to move to colorado and apparently when the surrounding areas that surround the state legalized -- actually legalized marijuana, she can now get the cannabis oil, and although it probably wasn't legal, but bring it back into Virginia. But it stopped, you know -- she was able to reunite with her family, and also stopped the seizures. So it can't be made into an hallucinogenic, it's proven to be pretty effective, and I hope we support the bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 1027 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire the clerk will close the to change their vote? Roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos, zero, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1148, a bill relating to authority of the commissioner of highways to lease or convey air space.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Arlington, Senator Favola .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. I move that the bill pass and speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. This is a request from vdot. What the bill does is it allows the department of transportation to use other options than just the highest competitive bid that comes in once vdot -- what they would do is put a request out for a bid if they want to convey or lease air rights. And within 14 days, respond to come in with a Price, and vdot is saying they would like to be able to negotiate or they would like to be able to do a best value procurement option, because sometimes, they May want vdot to build a park or do something else, build a bike path, or whatever option vdot May want at the time, and they don't have the opportunity to go back to the respondent or the applicant and ask for an adjustment in the bid and to negotiate other benefits. They believe that this enables the state to actually obtain the best value for the state. So having said that, I ask that the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 1148 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll? Ayes 33, nos six.
[Unknown]
Ayes 33, nos six.
[Unknown]
Senate bill relating to concealed hand guns, protective orders.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fauquier County, Senator Vogel .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. I move the bill pass and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President, this was a bill that was debated a lot last year. It is not new to most of you in this chamber. And what the bill simply does is expedite the process through which a woman who -- or a person who is victim of domestic violence, someone who has been issued an emergency or protective order, has the opportunity to obtain a conceal carry permit. And as many of you know, if you had been associated with victims of domestic violence, you understand that it is not a level playing field for those people. Especially in that very narrow window when they are most vulnerable, after they have undertaken an effort to protect themselves and to obtain a protective order. And the testimony that was heard in committee not this year but in the previous year really was some of the most compelling and emotional testimony I have ever heard, and there was a person who came from the Fauquier sheriff's office who had been a victim's advocate, as well as a victim who for 26 years was beaten and abused, multiple times. Her then husband attempted to kill her with a machete, with a gun, and she never had any opportunity to protect herself, and she is like thousands and thousands and thousands of people for whom her life is so closely monitored, who is so abused, that her opportunity to ever have a chance to protect herself is zero, zip. And her opportunity to ever even have an opportunity to go and obtain a conceal carry permit is zero. So it is the case, and this is manager that most people overlook, it is the case that someone in her position, or anyone's position, who is lawfully allowed to carry a weapon, can open carry, but in the case of someone like this, who is a victim, who doesn't wish to open carry, who finds that inflammatory, or who is fearful, but can't, because they don't have the conceal carry permit, slip it in their purse, they have no other option. So what this would do is allow them to simply carry it in their purse. With that, that's the bill, it is merely an option, and it just avails a victim of that additional opportunity, and when that 35 days is over t. Expires, just like anybody else, they still have to go through the permit with that, Mr. President, I application process. Would ask that the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator, the Senator from Arlington, Senator Favola .
[Unknown]
I thank you, Mr. President. I rise to speak reluctantly in opposition to the bill. I think it is very well intentioned, and I do believe that there May somebody good that comes out of this bill, but my concern is that the documentation of proof that there was some training to get the handgun permit I think is removed in your bill, or not required. And that's the only thing that really bothers me. We don't have any requirements on the books for training to get a firearm if you open carry. You just go through whatever screening we have, and you're not a felon, or you don't meet other categories, and you can open carry. So the only training requirement we have is when you apply for this concealed weapon permit. So I -- I 'm just very cautious about this, because I believe, you know, a woman who might be very angry, very volatile, certainly at a very vulnerable point in her life, would go ahead and go out and get a concealed weapon permit and and not use it wisely and maybe have very unintended so for those reasons I 'm consequences. Going to vote against the bill. And I do want to note that there is the Virginia alliance on domestic assault alliance and they are opposed to the bill as well, although they do understand the reason behind the bill. There have been compromises worked out in other states. So I would like to see another option provided other than what this bill provides.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 1299 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll
[Unknown]
Ayes 27, nos 13.
[Unknown]
Ayes 27, nos 13, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1362, a bill relating to carry and conceal weapons, exemptions for nonduty status active military personnel.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
Dick Black
Thank you Mr. President. I move that the bill pass and speaking to the bill?
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Dick Black
Ladies and gentlemen, this bill simply says that military members who are off duty, that they can use their military I .D. Card in lieu of the necessity of getting a concealed carry permit. So essentially, their I .D. Card will be the equivalent of a conceal carry permit. I hope it will be the pleasure of the members to vote for the bill.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 1362 pass? Will record their votes aye, all in favor of the motion those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 23, nos 17.
[Unknown]
Ayes 23, nos 17, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Mr. President?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Bath, Senator Deeds .
Creigh Deeds
Having vote on the prevailing side on House bill -- or Senate bill 1362, I move we reconsider the vote.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is shall the vote by which Senate bill 1362 was passed be all in favor of the motion reconsidered. Will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Creigh Deeds
Ayes 40, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos, zero, the notion is agreed to, the sr. Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
Dick Black
Thank you Mr. President. The issue having been previously explained, I move that the bill pass. Thank you Senator, the question is shall Senate bill 1362 pass? All in favor of the motion those opposed no. Will record their votes aye, are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 22, nos 18.
Dick Black
Ayes 22, nos 18, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1403, a bill relating to de scheduling or rescheduling of canabitiol.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President, move to the bill pass and speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the bill.
[Unknown]
Canabidial oil is going to be the end of us, isn't it, canabidial oil but this is different than the legislation we addressed that looks at compounding, canabadial oil here in Virginia with Virginia -grown marijuana that's a very controlled situation. This would actually be a change in the pharmacy code if the fda were to reschedule oil to a lower schedule, currently a schedule one, which means no therapeutic benefit. If they were to make that change Virginia code would have to change we could actually prescribe in the state and the board of pharmacy would have to enact that change. This basically just changes the code so the process by which we get from the fda change to the change on our own schedule is expedited so that that can get on the market and to patients that need it.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 1403 pass?
Bill Howell
All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos one.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos one, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1415, a bill relating to Virginia port authority, board of commissioners, membership.
[Unknown]
The Senator from northern
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President, Chesapeake, Senator Spruill. Move for substitute.
[Unknown]
Just move the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Move that the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Yes, you the floor, Senator .
[Unknown]
Thank you. Mr. Chairman, May I change the bill? The previous bill had that -- had 11 members. It establishes that the members appointed by the governor May have --
[Unknown]
[inaudible]
[Unknown]
Before, it was mandated, now they May have it. Secondly, given representation from the Richmond -- senators from Chesterfield and the Virginia inlet port, they would have a host before they would -- this bill allows those to each have board members and get back to the board and I move the bill is approved.
Bill Howell
The question is some Senate bill 1415 pass, all in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos, zero. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Uncontested calendar.
[Unknown]
Mr. President?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Roanoke County, Senator Suetterlein .
David Suetterlein
Before we move to the second readings, I ask that we reconsider the bill, sb1186 on Page 16.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall the vote by which Senate bill --
David Suetterlein
1126.
Bill Howell
1126, was passed, be reconsidered. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos, zero. The motion is agreed to. The Senator from eastern Fairfax, county, Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
Thank you Mr. President, having previously explained the bill, I move the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is shall Senate bill 1126 pass. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Scott Surovell
Ayes 34, nos six.
[Unknown]
Ayes 34, nos six, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Uncontested calendar Senate bills on second reading.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I move all the Senate bills on the second reading on the uncontested calendar which would include all Senate bills on pages 25-28, including Senate bill 1273-Senate bill 1474, be advanced to the engrossment in the block after the adoption of any amendments, any Senator who desires to remove a bill from the block should please do so after the clerk has read the number of that bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is shall all Senate bills on second reading on the uncontested calendar on pages 21-24, Senate bill 1006-1469, be engrossed and advanced to the third reading in the block after the adoption of the amendments thereto, that any Senator desiring to remove a bill from the block will do so after the clerk has read the number of the bill. All in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed, no, the ayes have it, the motion is agreed to.
Tommy Norment
Senate bill 1006, reported from the committee on education and health, with a substitute.
[Unknown]
Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Perform president, I ask that bill go by for the day.
Bill Howell
Without objection, Senate bill 1006 will go by for the day.
Emmett Hanger
Senate bill 1108, reported from the committee on rehabilitation and social services, Senate bill 1127, reported on the committee on agriculture at conservation and natural resources, Senate bill 1144, reported from the committee on agriculture, conservation and natural resources, with amendments.
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator DeSteph .
Bill DeSteph
Mr. President, I request we move the committee amendments.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee amendments be agreed to, as many as favor that motion will say aye, have it, the committee those opposed, no, the ayes amendments are agreed to.
Bill DeSteph
Senate bill 1216, reported from the committee on rehabilitation and social Senate bill 1306, reported services. From the committee on agriculture, conservation and natural resources, with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fauquier County, Senator Vogel .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President, I move the committee substitute. I apologize. I was doing very important work at my desk.
[Unknown]
I understand. The question is some the committee substitute be agreed to. Will say aye, those opposed, as many as favor that motion no. The ayes have it, the substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1313 reported from the committee on rehabilitation and social services. Senate bill 1325, reported from the committee on rehabilitation and social services. Senate bill 1448, reported from the committee on rehabilitation and social services, with amendments.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Bath County, Senator Deeds .
Creigh Deeds
Thank you Mr. President, I move the amendments be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee amendments be agreed to, all in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed, no, the ayes have it, the committee amendments are agreed to.
Creigh Deeds
Senate bill 1469, reported from the committee on rehabilitation and social services.
[Unknown]
Thank you madam clerk. The question is, shall the Senate bills be engrossed and that is all bills except for passed to the third reading, 1006 on Page 21. Saul in -- in favor say aye, those opposed, no, the ayes have it, the bills are engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Regular calendar, Senate bills on second reading, Senate bill 1150, a bill relating to alcoholic beverage alcohol, bar by stand training, reported from the committee on rehabilitation and social
[Unknown]
The Senator from services with a substitute. Arlington, Senator Favola .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. I move that the substitute be
[Unknown]
The question is shall the agreed to. Committee substitute be agreed to. All in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed, no, the ayes have it, the substitute is agreed to, the Senator from Arlington .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. I move that the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is, shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed, no, the ayes have it, the bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1204, a bill relating to source or -- source for dog or cat for sale, report from the committee on agriculture, conservation and natural
[Unknown]
The Senator from ak mac resources.
[Unknown]
I move the bill be county, Senator Lewis. Engrossed and passed to the third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is, shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading. All in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The ayes have it, the bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Uncontested calendar, Senate bills on first reading,.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I now move all the Senate bills on the first reading on both the uncontested and regular calendar which would include all Senate bills on pages 25-28, including Senate bill 1273 through Senate bill 1474, that the rules of the Senate be suspended and that the first constitutional reading of the titles be dispensed with.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator, the question is, shall the rules be suspended in the first reading of the titles of Senate bills on the uncontested and regular calendars, pages 25-28, Senate bill 1273-Senate bill 1474 be dispensed with, all in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no.
Tommy Norment
The reading of the titles is dispensed with. The the Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I now move all the bills find themselves on the second reading be passed by for the day.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall the Senate bills on the uncontested and regular calendars now on second lead reading go by for the day, all in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The ayes have it, the bills will go by for the day.
Tommy Norment
Uncontested calendar, Senate joint resolution on third reading, Senate joint resolution 241, confirming the appointment by the chief justice of the supreme court of Virginia of the chairman of the Virginia criminal sentencing commission.
[Unknown]
Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, I move that the Senate joint resolution be agreed to.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is shall the Senate joint resolution be agreed to. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Mark Obenshain
Ayes 40, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos, zero, the resolution is agreed to. The Senator from James city county.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, inquire of the clerk, does that complete today's calendar?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax, city, Senator Petersen .
Chap Petersen
Thank you Mr. President. I rise for an announcement.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Chap Petersen
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate. The bee witching hour is upon us. Tonight we we will take on the House of delegates in our annual basketball game to benefit Massie cancer center. I have asked our own version of walter matthew, Senator hangar, to be our coach, he will be organizing the bad news bears as we take on the House. We will be getting help from very tall people with very excellent skill sets that live in the city of Richmond. But we need to be there ourselves and we know we have six, maybe seven players signed up. Please be there by 6:30, bring shoes and shorts, we will have shirts for you, but I think our game will probably go on around 7:45 to 8:00, so give yourself an hour to warm up. Those who have staff and aides that are going to help us, that's great. I will say that this year, there is going to be a little bit of a skills threshold, so they need to be good. Don't send them to us if they are not good! But I know we have talented young people that have showed an interest, so we are looking forward to that. Please, all of you all be there. I have had a couple of people ask me about donations. We're not as organized because we are getting such a quick start. Last year I asked every member to donate $250. I will be putting in my 250. I have a couple of other people that have asked about that. If you choose to donate, make to Massie cancer center, bring it to my office, room 329, I will at least make an announcement tonight that we are in the process of raising money. I'm not going to twist any arms because I don't have time. But for those of you that do that, thank you, and I look forward to the game. It's going to be a great game.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Grayson County, Senator Carrico .
Bill Carrico
Mr. President, I rise for a motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Bill Carrico
Mr. President, I move that the rules be suspended and hjr725 be taken up for immediate consideration.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall the rules be suspended and hjr317 -- excuse me, hjr725 be taken up for immediate consideration.
Bill Howell
All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? To change their vote? Do any of the senators desire the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos, zero. The motion is agreed to. The clerk will please read the title of the resolution.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution number 725. Commending justin Scott grimm.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Grayson County .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Justin Scott grimm is a Virginia high school graduate in Bristol, Virginia that played for the chicago cubs this year as pitcher, and I would move that the resolution be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. All in favor of agreeing to the resolution will say aye.
[Unknown]
Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The resolution is agreed to. The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Could we return to the morning hour for purposes of introduction?
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Emmett Hanger
I was feeling left out earlier this afternoon, when everybody was introducing the 4h members, and I do have one group that showed up and I hope they are still with us up there, but I would ask you, Mr. President, to recognize the 4h group that Madison County .
[Unknown]
Speaking of left out, I think they have left the gallery, but if they are watching from another viewing area, we would certainly welcome the members from the Madison County 4h club, and I would ask the Senate to please join me in offering them a warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
Any other business for the morning hour? The clerk will please report any announcements on the
[Unknown]
Today Tuesday January 24, desk. Education and health subcommittee on higher education will meet immediately upon adjournment, fourth floor east conference room, senators Saslaw, Black, Chase, Cosgrove, Petersen, committee on privileges and elections will meet 15 minutes after adjournment, Senate room a. Committee on local government will meet one half hour after adjournment in Senate room b. Finance subcommittee on education will meet at 3:30 p.M., tenth floor conference room, senators Norment, Newman, Howell, Saslaw, Hanger, Ruff and subcommittee on health, third Dunnavant. Floor, east conference room, senators Cosgrove, Black, Barker, luis, Suetterlein, Wednesday, January 25, finance subcommittee on public safety will meet at 7:30 a.M. In the tenth floor conference room. Senators McDougle, Howell, Norment, Lucas, Carrico and Obenshain. Privileges and elections subcommittee on constitutional amendments will meet at 8:30 a.M., Senate room a, senators Cosgrove, Vogel, Chafin, Chase, Dance and Spruill. Women's legislative round table will meet at 8:30 a.M., fourth floor east conference room. Committee on finance will meet at 9:00 o'clock a.M., Senate room b. General laws and technology subcommittee number one will meet at 9:00 o'clock a.M., third floor east conference room. Senators lock, Black, DeSteph, Dunnavant, surveil, McPike and Vogel, republican causing us will meet at 11:30 a.M., Senate room two, democratic caucus, 11:30 a.M., Senate room one.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Bedford, Senator knew hawn.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the Senate do now adjourn until 12:00 noon tomorrow.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the Senate stand adjourned until 12:00 noon tomorrow, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no, the ayes have it, the Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 noon tomorrow. >> >>